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Dec 5, 2013 10:00am PST
about rape that cost him the election. what republicans are doing to prevent those gaffes. ñó5wó ñw?ÑçÑñÑw?ñçó]ç9wjyó dry, itchy winter skin? cortizone-10 has the strongest nonprescription itch medicine plus moisturizers to help heal skin fast. cortizone-10. feel the heal. >>> republican candidates are getting coschooled about how to run against women in the upcoming elections. the sessions are designed to prevent gaffes like the ones that plagued some republicans in 2012. former congressman todd akin, a prime example. remember this comment on abortion during his run for the u.s. senate? >> what about in the case of rape? should it be legal or not? >> well, you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. it seems to me, first of all, from what i understand from doctors, that's rare. if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. i think there should be punishment but the punishment ought t
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Dec 3, 2013 3:30pm PST
on obama care, something that really unifies the party. we've got one party in the midterm election that quite frankly wince everything imaginable, governor races, we have a huge opportunity in the senate. i think we've been wildly successful in midterms and we've had a hard time in presidential elections. >> what about you've got five senators who are being primaried by the tea party, including the minority leader, mitch mcconnell. that's sort of a problem when you have one faction of the party who is feeding that, ted cruz is feeding that. are you going to support mitch mcconnell? >> of course i support the leader. scott walker was primaried by a congressman named mark newman. ron johnson was primaried by about three republicans who were running, but the cream rose to the top. it works. and i think we're a big enough party to have all these opinions in the same room, debating it out. and i think that we're going to do really well. >> one last question, i'm sorry newt. i know i'm hogging the time. what about chris christie? he was just reelected less than a month ago. part of the g
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Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm PST
to know who they are. they say it was a miracle they managed to pull off the '94 election because and you eluded to it, there was a lot of opposition from the freedom -- >> right, the zulu. >> and the whites, the awb and there was a big, big problem that could have exploded into -- >> a lot of people forgot that -- >> yeah, there was who ran ifpd and shootouts and gunfights. i remember going to a lot of anc funerals and ifc funerals -- >> very touch and go. >> given that election -- >> even in the month before, two months before i remember a huge gunfight in johannesburg. >> one of the things, anderson, we walked together on a long walk of freedom that ended at his inauguration. he wanted to do another book not so much from that period to the presidency but how close south africa came to a civil war. i have to say, i don't want to -- the smirks, the reputation of mr. declerk and formed a partnership and couldn't have done it without each other. mandela in conversations with me for "a long walk to freedom" did feel betrayed during the creation of the constitution and that famous scene when
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Dec 5, 2013 1:00pm PST
that republicans since the end of the last election have been licking their wounds and trying to figure out the best way to do two things. one is close the gender gap among voters and also, try to recruit more female candidates here in congress to be members of congress. this is something that came up this morning when i interviewed the house majority leader, boehner's number two, eric cantor. here's his take. >> do you not know how to talk to women, sir? >> we have any number of republican women in our conference who are real leaders on all kinds of -- >> but is there a problem with men in the republican party, your rank and file, who don't know how to communicate to reach female voters? >> you know, it is our policies that are going to appeal to both female and male voters. >> but they haven't. >> when we're talking about health care right now, our health care starts with people and patients. >> mr. boehner a little more candid than his number two there. dana, a lot of this is obviously about trying to prevent the kind of gaffes we heard, for example, from former congressman, senate candi
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Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm PST
elected president in this country in 1994. he will lie there for three days. the first day will be for vips and visitors coming in from around the world, to come pay their respects. ordinary south africans are expected to line up of course to come and say good-bye to the man they call the father of this nation. then on day nine, so whether that is friday or saturday next week, he will be flown by military aircraft, accompanied by his family to his ancestral homestead in the eastern cape region. this is where he said he wanted to be buried, where his final resting place is to be. the hills, the rural area where he grew up as a barefoot young boy walking and shepherding sheep through the hills. he had a very nostalgic memory of those times and he very much wanted to be laid to rest there. so the funeral will take place in this grand amphitheater of rural south africa, really not much around there, so expect to see heads of state, royalty from around the world make this incredible journey not just to the southern tip of africa, but to this rural homestead and it's there that t
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Dec 6, 2013 1:00am PST
george h.w. bush said the following. >> president clinton was in the white house when mandela was elected president of south africa. clinton saying the following. >> former president jimmy carter paying tribute to nelson mandela saying, his passion for freedom and justice created new hope for generations that have impressed people worldwide. the president of the united states often referred to as the leader of the free world but yet you can see from the statements in each of these men, they were in awe of nelson mandela. >> and a simple beginning to life. when you look at the place where he is going to be buried and cnn will be taking you through the days of mourning, ten days of morning in sfrouth africa. he had the desire to be buried in his hometown. >> he is going home. >> yes, he is going home. >> we will continue to bring you the life of nelson mandela all morning. >>> now to another big story. >> the weather. when we come back, we are going to tell you about this deadly winter storm that is wreaking havoc across our country. hundreds of flights have already been canceled. roads are
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Dec 6, 2013 5:00pm PST
's why he was elected not as the first african elected but the first democratically elected president of south africa. that's important. democracy and justice ask truth made a big difference. >> robin, i keep coming back to this and mentioned a couple times, i'm fascinated how he began to see himself and it was critical for him to see -- start to see himself as an african first, not just as a member of his ethnic group in the area that he was born as a hossa but as an african and in that way was able to overcome efforts by the white regime because they wanted groups to be divided. they wanted didn't ethnic groups, zulus against hossas to divide and conquer and rule them. >> absolutely. he grew up as a proud timbu, so there was a subgroup he identified with but when he came to johannesburg to work and train as a lawyer, he identified more with the politics of the african national congress. what is key with this is that nelson mandela was not only prague mat tick politician but tactic and will very much understood the power of symbols. so for him, it was quite useful to be scene as an a
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Dec 4, 2013 9:00am PST
is very marked in the united states. is there a sense in washington this could become a big election issue? >> i think it could be. one thing the president did mention and white house officials have said is that this is sort of a preview of some of what he'll be talking about in the state of the union speech. not only today is, he's going to be talking about when he gives his state of the union address. that takes us into the midterm election cycle we're going to be seeing getting very, very fierce in the next several months. yes, you're going to hear the president talk about this more. we are dealing with divided government. i mean, they can't even avoid a government shutdown it seems at times. and by the way, that is also looming in the start of next year. and so to think that the republican house of representatives is going to hike the minimum wage, extend emergency unemployment benefits and do all of these other infrastructure and shakes enhance thements that the president would like to do, investments the president would like to do is not realistic at this point and the president is n
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Dec 6, 2013 3:00am PST
train workers and volunteers who would conduct the first multiracial elections in south africa. he was authentic. he was a giant. you know, when you were around him, you felt very special. he was joyful. he had a sense of humor, but there was this dignity about him, this strength about him. i will always remember his grace and his courage. >> and to donna's point, john, i want to bring you in. she talks about him being a giant. .headlines, these are one of the days you are looking at the headlines. "usa today" saying the death of a giant. you were there when nelson mandela was inaugurated in 1994. you've also covered many world events but you will never forget that moment. why? >> professionally it was the most powerful thing i've ever seen in my life. i say professionally because i carve out a special spot for my children. if you think of the day of inauguration, u.s. vice president al gore led the delegation. the ceremony was outside in what they call the union building, parliament building. it was the most dramatic, powerful moment of south african military brass, white generals
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Dec 7, 2013 7:00am PST
, the anniversary of those first democratic elections is next year, it was 20 years ago. so a lot of people, a lot of these people here didn't know apartheid, didn't know about the feel, the indignities of it, but they still know that nelson mandela made sacrifices for them. and the key is -- and he was very, very passionate about it -- he wanted his legacy to live on way after he had gone. and dethat he did that, "you ca like me in a small way. it's not hard to be nelson mandela. just pay attention to the people close to you and keep on trying hard and never give up." that in a way is his legacy. >> and they are living his legacy out. robin, thank you. appreciate it. >> reporter: okay. >>> one of the icons of new york honored nelson mandela last night. look at this. the top of the empire state building -- >> right. >> -- lit up green, yellow, blue, red, the color of the south african flag, and nearby at the south african consulate -- >> there it is. >> -- there it is, mourners laid the flowers and tributes to man tell la. >> beautiful sight. >>> all right. still to come -- huge day in college foo
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Dec 7, 2013 10:00am PST
channel. after an iranian was elected there was some acceleration leading up to the u.n. general assembly. you recall that he was engaging in what was termed charm offensive. he was going around talking to folks. and at that point, it made sense for us to see, all right, how serious are you potentially about having these conversations. they did not get highly substantive in first several meetings but were much more exploring how much room, in fact, did they have to get something done. and then as soon as they began to get more technical at that point they converged with the p5 plus 1 discussions. i will say this. the fact of his election, it's han said that there's no difference between him and ahmadinejad except that he's more charming. i think under states, the shift in politics that took place in this election, obviously he is part of the iranian establishment and i think we have to assume that his ideology is one that is hostile to the united states and to israel. but what he also represents is the desire on the part of the iranian people for a change of direction. and we should not u
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Dec 2, 2013 3:30pm PST
, and during the 2011 bad economic news, and during the 2012 election. even this year when the president took on syria. so the next time somebody asks you, can obama recover? i think the smart bet is, yes, he can. so to you -- >> can i point out. >> surmaking my point, sir. if in fact it is the case, betting on the failure, isn't it reckless and foolish on the part of the republican party to have one strategy, which is to hope obama fails? that's the only strategy, as best as i can tells. >> remember the shovel ready? remember obama care, demonstrated weakness around the world? >> again, this is your whole strategy. >> it's not a strategy. >> but what is your strategy? you have no strategy for getting jobs for the country, no strategy for immigration. am i wrong? >> the next time i do this showing i'm bringing a couple hundred bills to show you. >> on the still his, the economic is in fact growing, jobs are being added. this republican party is a lot different than the one you ran, speaker gingrich. republicans back then were actually bringing why is to the table. >> let's do everything we ca
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Dec 5, 2013 3:30pm PST
states, were walking out, and then president-elect mandela, just moments he was having brief meetings. after he met with the vice president, there were a few reporters, and he shuffled over and very quietly and shook our hands and asked how we were doing. on this days when, that's who he was, this quiet dignity and grace. i want to show this. the vips were given this. and some of us hung around. >> you were working for the associated press. >> at the time. this is the new stamp they issued that day, commemorating the new president, but there was a new national anthem, a new flag, an there's a commemorative stamp. these are the parliament buildings, i believe they're called the union buildings, and in this courtyard is where the ceremony w ld. you ha a who's who o wld balcony in the union building, and these generals in the military white dress uniforms, white men, handing over power to nelson mandela. at that moment everybody was crying, reporters, people in the stands, it was just amazing watching these white men in white dress uniforms essentially hand the power of south africa to t
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Dec 2, 2013 2:00am PST
and it could scale back a proposal to allow military tribunals for civilians. election for the minister and prime minister, if everything goes forward, that is the question, could be held later this year. >>> authorities say speed was likely the factor that killed "fast and furious" star paul walker in southern weekend that happened over the weekend. it could be time before police know how fast the porsche walker was riding in. they say looping tire tracks was visible. they are trying to determine if the tire tracks are related to the crash. the driver of the car who also died has been identified as by cnn affiliate roger roadus, he was walker's business partner. >> sad. >>> this morning kansas city police are investigate ago death in the parking lot of arrowhead stadium. this happened as the chiefs were playing the broncos. this is being treated as a homicide. but no arrests have been made. three people are in police custody. police say the victim returned to his car to find a stranger inside it. there was a struggle that followed and that is when the victim, a man in his 20s, collapse
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Dec 2, 2013 4:00pm PST
himself elected, a partisan endeavor, cornell, and didn't bother to check the facts during that whole period, making him a person who's willing to do or say anything to get elected. today's politics are broken because people like president obama say stuff that they can't back up policy wise. and that's his real problem. >> the question was does congressman joe wilson need to apologize like congressman joe wilson did? >> i don't think he should apologize. this is america and you have the right to say what you think u and in today's america you should call it like you see it. you know, the president has been back-pedaling, and this program has been unraveling. and this sis the downfall of ths presidency in many ways. you see his credibility going down. when people stop trusting a politician, it's over. >> okay. so cornell, listen. there's some polling may indicate that it's, you know, cornyn is on, is on the right side of history here maybe -- >> there is no polling that says that cornyn is on the right side of history. there's no polling on that. >> is obama honest and trustworthy? 46%
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Dec 2, 2013 6:00pm PST
is supposed to be the geek technology, the guy who wins elections with the most brilliant underground campaign imaginable, and can't even run his own flag ship. >> i think the president has lost a lot of trust with the american people and a lot of confidence particularly within the business community. i think now he has to make sure he sets expectations and time lines that are realistic. >> is he too late? has he damaged the obama care long-term? >> i think the way it was rolled out will have effect on it. >> and let's watch what was said today about this. >> i think the current administration has taken lying to a new level. >> i mean, taking lying to a new level. when you're the president of the united states that is a pretty serious accusation. >> well, it is. but look, i think you also have to look at the politics of it, which is whether you're on the right or the left, i think the thing that people can agree on, this was not handled the correct way. it was by no means efficient and effective and you got to fix it. >> so if you were at the white house now, and you have been there before, fr
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Dec 2, 2013 7:00pm PST
she has to hug barack obama. but barack obama in a general election that is a different story. >> does anyone doubt she is going to run for president? >> no. >> you don't doubt it? >> what has happened to bring this into full focus right now today? what is now about this relationship? as far as i can see you were the only one quoted in there. no one wants to talk about this? the democratic party. >> she is out there working the trail and making outreach to black voters. she was -- >> "the new york times". >> she was on the campaign trail in virginia. she is busy for someone who is not running. >> but the piece didn't provide evidence of tension or conflict and for obvious reasons. eventually she has to define her own agenda. she didn't have to do it now. it would be crazy for her to put distance between herself and barack obama's policies right now. she can't walk away from it so easily. his popsies are popular in the democratic party. >> but it is interesting in this article and a number of news pieces about her outreach to the black community, particularly to black leaders trying to
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Dec 4, 2013 10:00am PST
elections. listen to how the president framed the debate over extending unemployment benefits during his speech. here's what the president had to say. >> christmastime is no time for congress to tell more than one million americans that they have lost their unemployment insurance, which is what will happen if congress does not act before they leave on their holiday vacation. >> so sort of painting republicans as ebenezer scrooge there, wolf. then the other thing you heard and you mentioned this as you were tossing it out to me, the president did offer again another stout defense of obama care. he said that republicans owe it to americans to say not just what they're against but what they're for, and on that front, wolf, we should also mention that i an source familiar with enrollment numbers did confirm to cnn within the last couple hours that they enrolled 29,000 people in the first two days since december 1st when the website was supposed to be working for the vast majority of people. 29,000 people. that's more than the number of people that enrolled in october. it's an indication the
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Dec 5, 2013 10:00pm PST
the first democratically elected president. once that process is over on day nine essentially of this program, he will be flown by military aircraft along with the elders vip political figures and his family, which is large, they'll be flown down to his hometown and then the military, the state will effectively hand over his body, his coffin, his casket to the family at the get as of the homeinstead, i think from what we understand there will be a shift from moving the south african flag to putting a blanket over his casket, which will symbolize him coming home to his ancestral land. then there will be atate funeral in the ground of his ancestral home in the hills where he walked and played as a young child. so there really is a sense of a full circle of life here going back to those rural roots. >> so many.iant moments to come. thank you so much, such good work. such a long day four. we appreciate it. thank you. >>> and president barak obama paid his respects tog during a televised event. he credits mr. mandela with his first political action company against apartheid. this i
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Dec 8, 2013 10:00am PST
the language of his oppressors and studied their culture. even after the election of a new government with a new constitution, mandela made sure that the old establishment, the civil service, the army, even the hated police was largely kept in place. the white business class was encouraged to participate actively in the new south africa. compare that to so many transitions, for example iraq, where the new regime came in, fired or jailed or killed everyone from the old, and a ten-year civil war followed. instead of vengeance, mandela sought truth and reconciliation. he was not a saint, but rather a political genius. he did what he did because it saved his country. when he came to power, many wondered how he would steer the new country's foreign policy. after all, the african national congress had been supported by the revolution aers of the world, gadhafi, arafat, castro, but mandela knew what was in his country's best interests. he steered it in a pro-western, pro-democratic, pro-market direction, and yet he kept faith with his old comrades honoring them, never forgetting their suppor
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Dec 9, 2013 6:00am PST
, facilitating the first democratic elections and becoming first democratically elected president, first black president as well. you mentioned the 91 heads of state coming, truly is stunning when you look at not only barack obama, but a number of former presidents, george w. bush, jimmy carter and bill clinton as you mentioned. let's not forget the rest of the world is interested, prince kar charles on his way, the brazilian president and french president, u.n. secretary-general and more. as a way of facilitating this massive logistical challenge the government deployed some 11,000 troops to make sure as the interest builds it's on the fourth of the tenth day of mourning people are safe and there are no snags having so many vips here in the country. tomorrow's event, the tuesday memorial service which possibly could be attended by the u.s. president will be the first formal event, followed by nelson mandela's lying in-state at the union building in pretoria wednesday through friday. significant, john, because it was 20 years ago he was sworn in as president at that location. so a euphoric wee
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Dec 2, 2013 1:00pm PST
election? >> well, basically, you got to look at her as a very strange woman. she has two husbands. one's name is bill, the other's name is barack. she can't divorce either one of them. she's going to have to hug them, warts and all, and run with them. if she turns against this president at any point before she has this thing wrapped up, the base is not going to have it. this president has come back from the dead 57 times. he will be back. but she cannot get away from him any more than she can from bill clinton. >> complicated. a.b., i'm not going to follow up on the two husband metaphor. that was van jones, cnn, ladies and gentlemen. that's all his. but a.b., there's a provocative piece in politico today with a quote from our friend who says that hillary clinton is the liferaft on obama's sinking ship. alex is talking about the now, saying that democrats who want to split from the president even now can look somewhat to hillary clinton for safe harbor. do you see that happening, democrats in a way distancing themselves from the president and trying to move to her now? >> well, she's no
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Dec 3, 2013 10:00am PST
in america who's worked harder for his re-election or supported this bill or went out of his way to explain the bill to the american people more than idi >> that's president wolf, on health reform, obama care, and what he said, you know, created a lot of controversy. >> yeah. he obviously does support the president. hillary clinton, as you and all of our viewers know is the overwhelming democti favorite president in2016ingor what does the former president say about his wife and 2016? >> he is saying he doesn't know if she's going to run or not. >> is mrs. clinton running for president? >> i don't know. and i think and she believes that the country should spend at least another year working very hard on the problems we have. we w haveery serious challenges in america. and we have responsibilities around the world. i think it's a big mistake, you know, this constanten four-year campaign is not good for america. we nee to deal with the business we have before us. >> wolf, i did ask him ask the former president what he thought of vice president biden as a possible president in 20716. he says he
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Dec 3, 2013 4:00pm PST
the administration now has delayed the enrollment. they say they and paneleded it until after the 2014 elections. next year people will pay much higher prices than this year. so i think long term, we submitted a plan. the president talks about a plan that he is open to plans women submitted a plan. myself, paul ryan, senator co-bush, we introduced a bill before it was introduced. >> one of the things that i think is pretty cool about this booking, i'm not just saying this. you are two of the most candid people on capitol hill and that says a lot. a lot of candid people up there. so let's just assume for the sake of argument that what you say is true and that you're going to keep believing that what you believe. but you're also a practical politician. you know in your heart of hearts that nothing is going to change as long as the president is in office, right if. >> i take president at his word. the president says we have good ideas. we single him a letter four years ago. that deal is still there. we could take our plan, let people sign up for the republican plan. let people sign up for his plan.
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Dec 4, 2013 2:00am PST
anybody in america who's worked harder for his re-election or supported this bill or went out of his way to explain the bill to the american people more than i did. >> so mr. clinton says he does not know whether his wife will run for president. and adds that he would support joe biden as a 2016 presidential nominee if he got the nomination. he'll support any democratic nomination. >>> notre dame is suing over obama care birth control mandates. they're doing this again. the university filed a fresh lawsuit opposing insurance for student and employees saying it goes against the teachings of catholic church. the affordable care act does make exceptions for religious institutions. so this new lawsuit seeks an expanded exception for schools and universities as well. >>> the house has passed a ten-year extension of the 25-year-old ban on plastic guns that can pass metal detectors and x-ray machines. new york senator charles schumer calls the extension better than nothing, but not by much. he plans to pass a tougher bill on monday, the day the classic gun band is set to expire. >>> vice presid
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Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm PST
in front of your mind about nelson mandela. the 1994 election. south africa's first, is just stu pendous. it won't for two days and they had to call for helicopters and cargo planes and it was the most extraordinary thing. i think what his old comrade in arms and as we know, the spokesman for the presidency said, he stamped his authority. even on prison. he earned the respect and quietly demanded the respect and got it of his prison warders. and max said this is a man who proved that simply by being so dignified forced even the adversary to respect him. and i think that is just so tremendous. how he did that. we talk about hill as if he was an angel. he was a man with a core of steel. and he was able to be that and also to be so incredibly human and fun. all the pictures you see, he is smiling and dancing. a most remarkable combination. >> you met with him many times. one of the thing that i read this evening, that i thought was so fascinating was somebody talking about mandela. the cunning politician. obviously rerevere him for his accomplishments but he said that he wielded his halo as
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Dec 6, 2013 1:00pm PST
the election of obama. >> here is former pennsylvania senator rick santorum comparing the fight against apartheid in south africa to the battle over obama care. >> he was fighting against some great injustice. i would make the argument we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that has taken over and is controlling people's lives and obama care is front and center in that. >> ryan, what gives? >> i think we have to add apartheid -- >> f.w. de klerk, such a better person than mitch mcconnell. >> we have to add apartheid to that list of issues you shouldn't compare in modern american politics -- >> right. naziism, slavery, apartheid. >> there are issues that were unique historically and no matter how bad you think things are in american politics right now, comparisons are never going to be apt. >> nelson mandela supported universal health care. i think the comparison, like the pope, i think the comparison is kind of -- >> i would tell you this. i think neither side should be using the man, a dead man, deceased man we are honori
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Dec 8, 2013 1:00pm PST
to the election of 2014 with the controversy and difficulty over the rollout of the affordable care act and i cannot imagine they want to open themselves up to the you vulnerability to the potential shutdown. >> recently, we talked about and we heard our own dana bash in her reporting show that the gop is instructing one another on how to, you know, woo women voters and how to talk to women leaders, et cetera. at the same time, is there a feeling that democrats are taking women voters for granted? >>. >> well, you know, i look at this as sort of within the context of the broader reality that we face. house republicans have largely barricaded themselves into homogenously conservative districts and 80% of them are more white than the national average. they tend to be leaning very much to the right and that basically allows them to pursue a politics that allows them to keep the house and does nothing to deal with the broader challenges in the electorate that have prevented them from wing the popular vote in five of the last six elections. questions about insensitivity to women parallel the same
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Dec 8, 2013 12:00pm PST
? this is no exception. his presence isn't needed. they are far more mute that it is an election year. >> how to run against women candidates. how to talk to women voters i know you talked about this on your show today. if they finally figured out that they can't win the white house without female voters? >> they have call ways known that. that the female voters, minority voters, there are problems across spectrum that they are trying to address. having said that, among married white women the gop always wins. they have something that tends to offend women and it blankets the republican are party. john boehner says they have people that don't know how to handle this. we did talk about this on the show this morning. i want you to hear the different views. >> they think the problem is about the rhetoric. it is not. republicans say they want to do better outreach to women while trying to push greater restrictions to women's access on health care. >> republicans don't have a problem working and talking with women we controeg l 30 of the governships and 26 state houses and senate chambers. we in fact now
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Dec 3, 2013 2:00pm PST
the republicans fear more in a general election? >> i think hillary clinton is ultimately the more formidable democratic nominee. joe biden is widely seen as a democrat who does well with white working class voters. that's one reason why he was seen as a big asset to the obama ticket. that's one reason why he might, you know, prove relatively successful. but ultimately hillary clinton is someone to the surprise of some republicans who has a lot of appeal with women, particularly mod raterate and low-income women including some women who are republicans. hillary clinton has surprising crossover appeal. i'm not sure joe biden has the same crossover appeal particularly because he's been, frankly, so gaffe prone. >> juan carlos also asked the former president about comments he made saying that the current president, president obama, should honor his commitment to make sure if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. there seemed to be a little tension at the time. this is how he explained what he said. >> i said nothing about this. not one word until the president, hims
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Dec 4, 2013 1:00pm PST
or not. >> we'll all be high for that election. >> i'm surprised he was at all defensive about it. let it go. >> one last thing, i want to bring in the sound from vice president cheney asked about this feud between his daughters, listen. >> we, you know, we are surprised when there was an attack launched against liz on facebook. it was always launched in the family because that is our preference. >> doesn't he sound like the godfather. we like to deal with it it in the family. this is clearly embarrassing for him. he is to the left of liz cheney on gay marriage. >> the attacks were -- >> he supports mary on the issue, but -- >> you know -- >> politics is the business we have chosen. >> another godfather reference, i appreciate it. coming up next, a frat house in the heart of capitol hill. the guys living in it are some of the most powerful members of congress. plus, not a new album in 20 years. ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪ [ male announcer ] the beautifully practical and practically beautiful
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Dec 5, 2013 6:00am PST
. >> and the mayor went on to say that he looks forward to the election next october, that he has supporters and that he will continue to serve as mayor. now, carol, we want to tell everybody that the way this happened was that toronto police were targeting a rather large drug gang and so they got wiretaps to listen to the conversations and they suddenly hear the mayor's name. that's what we believe started all of this. and they hear about this video that exists and the mayor is saying that he'll pay some money so it's not released. here is the interesting thing. all of these interviews were in a somalian language and had to be translated to then have those transcripts released in english, which they were yesterday by a judge. >> the story is so strange, you don't even know what question to ask next. the most glaring question is why is this guy still in office? >> you know, everybody is saying why isn't he charged yet? i think we have the answer from these transcripts. it's one thing to have an alleged video of him smoking crack, but when you look at these transcripts, they were building a c
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Dec 6, 2013 2:00pm PST
in democracy and becoming the country's first democratically elected president. on this street today, you will find restaurants and bars and middle class south africans spending their disposable income in a place where it wouldn't have been possible decades ago. and indeed, this will also be the location of the first official memorial service for nelson mandela on tuesday at the stadium which is also significant because it was the last location he made an appearance in public during the closing ceremonies for the world cup. so as is true in many other locations in the country, these celebrations will continue. it's just day one of ten days of a country thanking one man for bringing transformative change to millions. >> it's after midnight already there and there are still a lot of folks. are the crowds getting bigger or smaller, and what about security? >> reporter: these crowds are growing as people come and go. there are crowds going up and down the street, as you can hear behind me, singing. but as far as security, the atmosphere is jovial. this morning, i was in zimbabwe on assignment
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Dec 8, 2013 3:00am PST
in those first democratic elections in 1994, voted in nelson mandela. this is a national event that i think people will be moved for. people want to be here. they are bringing their children to be part of the celebration of his life. >> what a memory they are all making taking for those kids. thank you so much for letting us know what's going on there. >> national and international moment for people around the world who will be traveling to south africa. there is a sheriff in south carolina. he's refusing to lower the american flag to honor nelson mandela. >> president obama ordered the flags be lowered to half-staff until sunset tomorrow. pickens county sheriff rick clark says he doesn't think it's right. >> to show a sign of respect for what nelson mandela has done, i have no problem with them lowering it in south africa, in their country. in our country, it should be the people who sacrifice for our country. >> it is rare for the president to order flags at half-staff. george bush did it for pope john paul in 2005. bill clinton did it for former prime minister. it goes back to when presi
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Dec 8, 2013 2:00pm PST
sat down with then cnn anchor bernie shaw just one day before he would be elected africa's president. >> everyone is curious about you. you have one cavity filling. you're 75 years old. your body has many muscles. your smile is earnest, but your eyes and your mind come the ages. who are you? >> well, this is a difficult question. i have not been able to answer it, but i am part and parcel of a team which has been part of the anti-apartheid movement of this country, and there are many men and women from different political affiliations who have contributed with this struggle. i am one of those. i would like to be remembered not as anybody unique or special, but as part of a great team of this country that has struggled for many years, for decades and centuries to bring about this day. >> when did you last cry and about what? >> pardon? >> when did you last cry and about what? >> well, i can't remember, but one of the things that has worried me is the fact that i do not have the chance to sit down with my children and grandchildren and be able to quiet them in the many difficulties tha
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Dec 8, 2013 3:00pm PST
? this is what speaker boehner said last week. >> the american people work hard and they expect their elected representatives to do the same. today the house has passed nearly 150 bills in congress that united states senate has failed to act on. >> so that's a bit of the blame game. we looked at those 1 a bills and it turns out that nearly a third of them went after obama care which of course is a nonstarter with democrats and on the other hand, senate has passed some bills like immigration reform that have crawled to a halt in the house. now congress has passed some major legislation. things like the violence against women act. overall, what is going on here is divided government with sharply divided politics. it means all of these folks up here have one major accomplishment they share. this is the least productive congress in modern history. back to you. >> all right, lisa dejourdan. thank you. >>> coming up, the focus of our debate for you with the political panel. can lawmakers stop playing the blame game long enough to get a little bit of work done? panelists will break it down. >> and o
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Dec 9, 2013 4:00pm PST
kiddingly say the vadvicei give him, he might be very careful. he is doing very well and might get elected. and that is a great burden and major responsibility but i think he is handling himself quite well. >> do you want him to run? >> i want him to do what he wants to do. i'm probably not you know, too much -- i encourage other people to do what they want to with their lives. >> all right, fair enough. so i want to ask you your views on this potential deal with iran. because i am trying to figure out where you would be on it, and my gut tells me that you would probably be inclined to support a diplomatic deal with iran. but i don't want to speak for you, a new usa today research poll shows 32% of those polled improve of the nuclear interim pact with iran, 42% of those disapprove. what do you think? >> yes, i think under the circumstances it is a great breakthrough. and in the campaign you heard me say we ought to do more diplomacy and shooting from the hip. and with syria, now it turns out there were many lies told to us, even about the sarin gas, so i would say diplomacy, even as it is
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Dec 9, 2013 3:00am PST
hamid karzai said he won't sign it until after the country's elections from april. >>> the police department picking up pointers from usa today. according to usa today one in four are using a tactic known as tower dunk. >> that means they are tracking the ident and activity of thousands of cell phones, and at least two dozen are using a stingray, a mobile suitcase device used as a fake cell phone device to intercept calls. >>> safety improvements are coming to the railroad in the weak of last week's derail. . the new system will warn engineers of approaching speed reductions and will automatically apply an emergency brake in the speed is not lowered. >>> autopsy results are due in the death of a 16-year-old boy. officials now say first responders used every means possible to try and revive that boy. he went into cardiac arrest. the boy reportedly had an underlying medical condition. his family says he was clear to fly. >>> billy joel and shirley mcclain among those celebrated at kennedy honors. santana and opera serng marty no royo rounded out this lest of honorees. president obam
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Dec 3, 2013 2:00am PST
the current administration has taken lying to a new level. >> cornyn is running for re-election next year. he says he wants to scrap obama care and replace it with a different kind of overhaul. >>> a top u.n. official says there is massive evidence linking the syrian regime including president assad to war crimes during the country's nearly 3-year-old civil war conflict. they say is complicates responsibility at the highest level including the head of the state and it linked syrian rebels to the commission of war crimes. >>> an american in cuba is appealing to president obama. alan gross wrote a letter and it's expected to be delivered today. in it, gross says the president should intervene personally in his case. this is part of a new strategy by gross' family to put direct pressure on the white house. "the washington post" obtained a copy of this letter. >>> it is 34 minutes past the hour. let's get a check of the weather. are we talking snow again? >> we are, but not yet. i'll start on the positive side this time, right? >> nice smile. thank you. >> on the southeast. let's talk about tempe
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Dec 3, 2013 7:00pm PST
prescription drugs in their pocket. >> we just had a narrow election in new york where stop and frisk was a big issue. the police have been enormously successful in new york. crime is down enormously. yet the way the law had been enforced in black neighborhoods or minority neighborhoods got people so angry they were ready to vote out anyone associated with the current regime because they felt humiliated by the cops. >> hope the community and law enforcement are working together instead of in an adversarial way. >> we'll see glt police chief was determined that this would stay. >> that's a big reason bill deblasio won. he said it would not stay. >> we'll see who becomes police chief. up next turns out the whole men are from mars, women are from venus thing may not be far off. new research on how our brains are wired differently. be right back. across the country has brought me to the lovely city of boston. cheers. and seeing as it's such a historic city, i'm sure they'll appreciate that geico's been saving people money for over 75 years. oh... dear, i've dropped my tea into the boston harbor. hu
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of the union speech, but in the coming months election cycle. >> let's continue with gloria bor borger. what is the president attempting to establish today? >> one is an issue of poverty and inequality. he started his career organizing poor people in chicago. this is an issue i thought he would come back to in this term and he has. the other part of this is look, this is not much different from the conversation we had in 2012 about -- it's equality stupid. he is taking it back to the issues of expanding for the middle class, that republicans didn't have a good answer for in 2012. >> i think you heard it we have all heard it. i think this is a way to lay the groundwork for ib inequality issues. what you do with medicare, medicaid, and i think he sort of is dipping his toe into that now a little bit early. >> i do think that cornell is right. this is a base that has been demoralized in the last few weeks and months because of the debacle that has been the obama care rollout. it is important to republican that to listen to that speech today, you would have to think he has not been president for
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Dec 6, 2013 2:00am PST
. >> president clinton who was in the white house when mandel was elected president of south africa. the two developed a close personal relationship. bill clinton says, quote, all of us are living in a better world because of the life that madiba lived. he proved that there is freedom in forgiving that a big heart is better than a closed mind and that life's real victories must be shared. >> jimmy carter also saying the following. to think of their parents and grandparents the different world they are seeing. we will have more coverage of nelson mandela's legacy still to come on "early start." >>> we are following the vast majority of the united states dealing with the effects of a deep freeze, including major travel headaches. more than 500 flights have been precanceled. so bad they are canceling them before they are supposed to take off! they have been canceled around the country because of the bitter weather. >> getting around by car not easier. icy conditions call that seven vehicle wreck along interstate 540 in northern arkansas. four people tenth so the hospital and we are told their i
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Dec 6, 2013 9:00am PST
south africa's first multi racial election he helped welcome the 19959 rugby world cup to south africa. then would he won it. it couldn't have been a better story. his soccer legacy though came years later when south africa was awarded the honor of saging the 2010 world cup finals. the ailing former leader was there at the end of it all. it he didn't attend the early part. let's bring in cnn sports. i was honored. i got to go there, cover it. it was awesome. it was such a thrill for a football fan. talk about mandela's role in getting the world cup to south africa and what it meant. >> for nelson mandela, sport was everything and allowed for harmony he brought across everybody. it allowed for hope to be generated through sport where there might not have been hope ever before and he was very instrumental in being there in 2004 when fifa awarded south africa the ability to host the world cup and then you're looking at him here in 2010 and that was a major moment. the crowd gave him a standing ovation and everybody in the stadium could actually -- it was described as kind of spine tinglin
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Dec 8, 2013 6:00am PST
, is that republicans among white married women tend to do very well. >> yes, but women have elected democratic presidents, there's been a big gender gap on the national level. women are so perplexing, if you call them sweetie, it turnings them off. if you try to minimize the crime of rape, it turns them off. maybe that's a lesson that everybody ought to learn. >> and just sort of think through what you're actually about to say. so i've got to thank you, thanks for coming by. and thanks for watching state of the union. fareed zakaria gps starts right now. >>> this is gps, the global public square. welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world. i'm fareed zakaria coming to you live from new york. starting with nelson mandela and we will ask you what happened to his legacy in africa and beyond. i have a great panel including one of mandela's close confid t confidants and the man that until this summer was obama's top national security -- why he says the u.s. doesn't need to cut a deal with hamid karzai of afghanistan. >>> next, how to understand the booming american economy. i'
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Dec 8, 2013 8:00am PST
but not knowing quite how it was going to end, whether a bloodbath or an election. and then you had all these amazing characters. mandela first among them. and one of -- maybe a dirty little secret of south africa is that it has first world infrastructures. so unlike a lot of other places where you're covering upheaval and bloodshed, the airplanes fly on time. there are rental cars, well-paved highways, fast food joints, telephones that work, gas stations. you may be traveling to scenes that feel like the third world upheavals but you're doing it with a first world comfort level. >> how do you characterize his relationship with the foreign press over the years? did he seem to seek out that attention? was he aware of the benefits of bringing in foreign reporters? >> he was very shrewd about the press. i always had the sense that he knew exactly what he was doing, and you could see he was sort of gauging what he had to give and what he needed to do in each interview. if it was somebody who was sort of dropped in from the foreign world that just wanted to bathe in the presence of nelson ma
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well. >> well, yes, but women have elected democratic presidents. there's been a big gender gap on the national level for the republican party. women so perplexing. if you call them sweetie, turns them off. if you joke about rape or minimize the crime of rape, it turns women off. >> it turns me off. >> exactly. maybe that's a lesson that everybody ought to learn. >> right. and just sort of think through what you're actually about to say. so i've got to thank you all here. mo, susan, ken, thanks for coming by. and thank you all for watching "state of the union." i'm candy crowley in washington. fareed zakaria gps starts right now. >> this is gps, the global public square. welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world. i'm fareed ka czzaczar ya comin you live from new york. we'll start today's show with nelson mandela and we will ask what happened to his legacy in africa and beyond? i have a great panel including one of mandela's close kf dants. >>> then the man who until this summer was president obama's top adviser on national security, tom donnelly, on the ira
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Dec 9, 2013 2:00am PST
and brother ousted in a coup in 2006. critics doubt a new election will come to the opposition. >>> chuck hagel is in pakistan today for meetings with the president sharif and other official. they are will talk about afghanistan and the u.s. drone strikes. the defense secretary hasn't gone to pakistan since january of 2010. >>> a short break here on "early start." >>> this is a crazy story. a newlywed couple charged with police. they did it to prove they could and both are now in jail. >>> questions surrounding the deadly shooting of a college student. why did campus police kill honor student during a traffic stop? it's coming up next. waffle bars... fancy robes... seems every hotel has something to love... so join the loyalty program that lets you earn free nights in any of them. plus, for a limited time, members can win a free night every day. only at hotels.com peoi go to angie's listt for all kinds of reasons. to gauge whether or not the projects will be done in a timely fashion and within budget. angie's list members can tell you which provider is the best in town. you'll find review
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to be finished, but after mandela was released and after those first elections in south africa, so much more of this continent has become democratic. it's not a coincidence. >> christiane, so many world leaders when you talk about the leader of cuba, the united states and europe and african countries, it could not be more diverse. do you think there is a lesson, a takeaway they can come away from mandela? because you have such an incredible diverse group of world leaders who govern differently. >> wouldn't it be great. wouldn't that just be wonderful. there are certainly many leaders out there, many conflicts that could be resolved if a little bit of mandela's forgiveness and inclusion was employed. many long time dictator and authoritarians who make take a lesson out of mandela's playbook. he stepped down after one term. he promised to serve one term and kept that promise. sure, there are many, many leaders out there who could take some serious lessons to what mandela proved as a leader on the world stage. >> and particularly the areas of compromise and the like, too. >> and forgiveness. >>
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